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Star Trek: Discovery is an American television series created for CBS All Access by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman. Set roughly a decade before the events of the original Star Trek series and separate from the timeline of the concurrent feature films, Discovery explores the FederationKlingon cold war while following the crew of the USS Discovery. It premiered on September 25, 2017.

The series stars Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham, a Starfleet mutineer who is given a war-time field assignment as a science specialist on the USS Discovery and the adopted sister of original series character Spock. Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, and Jason Isaacs also star in the series. Characters seen previously in Star Trek also appear in Discovery, including Spock's father Sarek, portrayed here by James Frain, and Harry Mudd, with Rainn Wilson recurring through the first season as that character.

The following list includes Star Trek: Discovery's main cast, as well as all guest stars deemed to have had recurring roles throughout the series, and a supplementary list of other noteworthy guests.

Contents

Main charactersEdit

Michael BurnhamEdit

 
Sonequa Martin-Green

Michael Burnham (portrayed by Sonequa Martin-Green) is a Science Specialist on USS Discovery. Burnham was First Officer of the USS Shenzhou, where she was referred to as "Number One",[1][2] until convicted of mutiny and sentenced to life in prison. Discovery Captain Gabriel Lorca brings Burnham back to duty with a temporary war-time assignment as a scientist on his crew. Burnham was raised following Vulcan culture and traditions by Sarek, and is the first human to attend the Vulcan Learning Center and Vulcan Science Academy.[3][4]

Series co-creator Bryan Fuller had anticipated casting announcements for the show in October 2016,[2] but no announcements had been made by the end of that month. The majority of the series main characters were believed to have been cast by then, but no actress had been cast for the series' lead role. This was a source of "some internal stress" at CBS, with the casting of the character deemed "a far tougher assignment" than expected.[5] Several African American and Latina actresses were being looked at for the role, with CBS "not seeking a huge star and [preferring] a fresh face for the part."[6] Martin-Green was cast in the role in December, which was revealed with the character's production codename "lieutenant commander Rainsford".[7][8] Her casting was officially confirmed in April 2017, following the end of her run on The Walking Dead, with the character's actual name also revealed.[1] The character has an inner conflict due to being raised by Sarek, with showrunner Aaron Harberts explaining that many of the actresses tested for the role "either went way too robotic and chilly or way too emotional", but Martin-Green was "able to be aloof but warm; logical but able to surrender her emotional side to the audience."[3]

Since Sarek's son Spock never mentioned a sister in the original series, executive producer Alex Kurtzman said that the specifics of Burnham's backstory would be revealed in a way that would not break the existing canon continuity.[4] As the show's protagonist, Burnham was not made a starship captain, like those of previous Star Trek series, "to see a character from a different perspective on the starship—one who has different dynamic relationships with a captain, with subordinates, it gave us richer context".[9] She is referred to as Number One to honor the character of the same name portrayed by Majel Barrett in the original Star Trek pilot "The Cage",[3] and was initially pitched to CBS as only being called Number One in the series.[2] Fuller deliberately gave the character a traditionally male name as he did with the female leads of his previous series. Martin-Green decided that the character was named after her father.[10]

SaruEdit

 
Doug Jones

Saru (portrayed by Doug Jones) is a Lieutenant Commander serving as First Officer of the USS Discovery,[11] and the first Kelpien to enter Starfleet.[12]

Jones was revealed to have been cast as Saru in November 2016.[11] Kelpiens, a new species created for Discovery, were hunted as prey on their home planet and thus evolved the ability to sense the coming of death. They have a reputation for cowardice in the Federation.[12] Jones was excited to, "from the ground up, develop and find this character and his species" and not have to honor a previous fan-favorite representation.[13] He based Saru's walk on that of a supermodel,[4] out of necessity thanks to the boots he had to wear to portray the character's hooved feet forcing Jones to walk on the balls of his feet.[14] The producers compared Saru to the characters Spock and Data from previous series.[12]

Saru was introduced in the series premiere as a senior bridge officer on the USS Shenzhou, which received massive damage in the series' second episode.[citation needed] Before the events of "Context is for Kings", Saru joins the crew of the USS Discovery.[15]

Ash TylerEdit

 
Shazad Latif

Ash Tyler (portrayed by Shazad Latif) is a Starfleet lieutenant and former prisoner of war.[16]

Latif was originally cast in the role of the Klingon Kol in December 2016, before being recast as Tyler at the end of April 2017.[17][18][16] Latif noted that Tyler's PTSD would be explored in the show as he attempts to return to his Starfleet life, calling Tyler "a very complex and painful and deep character."[16] The character explores these issues with different characters, including Lorca due to their shared military background, and Burnham with whom "there’s a chemistry, a relationship".[19]

Paul StametsEdit

 
Anthony Rapp

Paul Stamets (portrayed by Anthony Rapp) is a Science Officer specializing in astromycology (the study of fungi in space).[11][20]

Rapp was revealed to have been cast as Stamets in November 2016.[11] He was originally cast in a different, smaller role, but when discussing gay actors who could portray the character Stamets, the executive producers realized that Rapp was the actor they wanted to fill that role instead. He did not audition for either role.[21] He is the first openly gay character in a Star Trek series, and the showrunners "wanted to roll out that character's sexuality the way people would roll out their sexuality in life". Rapp noted that Hikaru Sulu was portrayed as gay in the film Star Trek Beyond, calling that "a nice nod. But in this case, we actually get to see me with my partner in conversation, in our living quarters, you get to see our relationship over time, treated as any other relationship would be treated".[22]

Stamets is inspired by a real-life mycologist of the same name,[23] whom Fuller had introduced to the series' writers early on after becoming interested in his research into spores. The character's outlook that physics and biology are quantifiably the same thing also comes from the real Stamets' research and theories.[24]

Sylvia TillyEdit

 
Mary Wiseman

Sylvia Tilly (portrayed by Mary Wiseman) is a cadet in her final year at Starfleet Academy, assigned to the Discovery.[25][26] She works under Stamets aboard the Discovery, and becomes roommates there with Burnham.[26]

Wiseman was cast in March 2017.[25] Tilly was included to represent people "at the very bottom of this ladder" of the Starfleet hierarchy. She is "the most optimistic ... has the biggest heart", and Harberts described her as "sort of the soul of our show".[21] The character was named after showrunner Gretchen J. Berg's two-year-old niece.[24]

Gabriel LorcaEdit

 
Jason Isaacs

Gabriel Lorca (portrayed by Jason Isaacs) is Captain of the Discovery,[27] a "brilliant military tactician".[28]

Isaacs joined the series in March 2017,[27] describing Lorca as "probably more f-d up than any of" the previously seen Star Trek captains,[4] and comparing the character to his portrayal of Mike Steele in the film Black Hawk Down. Isaacs was initially given the first two scripts for the series, which Lorca does not appear in, and an early draft of his introduction in the third that was going to be re-written, but agreed to join the series after discussing the series and character with the executive producers.[29] He plays the character with a slight southern U.S. accent,[30] wanting to avoid using his own English accent and being "a very pale shadow of the brilliant Patrick Stewart [Picard on The Next Generation]", and "he’s a military man, but he can be immensely charming. I’ve been privileged enough to work with the [U.S. Army] Rangers at Fort Benning, and no matter where you come from in America, if you train down South where most of the bases are, you pick up some form of a Southern accent. And I wanted something that had subliminal hints at the military."[31] Isaacs initially wanted to ad-lib a catchphrase for the character feeling that all Star Trek captains should have one, coming up with "git'r done" which the writers turned down due to it being widely used and copyrighted by Larry the Cable Guy.[30] Comparing his character to Captain Georgiou, Isaacs said, "Georgiou is a mother figure, and I am unsentimental and don’t see my job as protecting [Burnham] emotionally or any other way. I see her as a very, very useful asset in this war."[31] In addition to having a standard Captain's ready-room, Lorca also has a room referred to as his "menagerie" where he keeps things that he collects. This includes the skeleton of a Gorn, a species that is apparently first discovered later in the original series, with Harberts feeling that the presence of this skeleton added to the mystery of the character—how did he come about it, and how does the rest of Starfleet not know of the species if he does?[24]

Guest charactersEdit

Introduced in previous seriesEdit

  • Sarek (portrayed by James Frain): A Vulcan ambassador and astrophysicist, the father of Spock, and the surrogate father of Michael Burnham.[32][4] Frain appears as a younger version of the character who was first portrayed by Mark Lenard in the original Star Trek series.[32][33]
  • Amanda Grayson (portrayed by Mia Kirshner): The human wife of Sarek. She also appeared in the original series, portrayed by Jane Wyatt.[9][34]
  • Harry Mudd (portrayed by Rainn Wilson) is a charismatic con-man. In March 2017, Wilson was cast as a younger version of the character played by Roger C. Carmel in the original Star Trek series,[35] to guest star in nine episodes of the season.[36][37] He described his version as "a reimagining, a reinvention in the same way so many things have been reimagined and reinvented. He's a bit more dastardly than the original. But that character made such an impression on me, and it is a dream come true to try to bring him to life with as much drama and comedy as possible."[38] Wilson "stole a lot of things that I loved from [Carmel's] performance, and then added a lot more of my own."[19]

Introduced in DiscoveryEdit

  • Philippa Georgiou (portrayed by Michelle Yeoh): Captain of the Shenzhou.[39][40]
  • L'Rell (portrayed by Mary Chieffo): Battle Deck Commander of the Klingon ship.[41] L'Rell is a member of both the house of T'Kuvma and the house of Mo'Kai[42]
  • T'Kuvma (portrayed by Chris Obi): The leader of an ancient Klingon house who is looking to unite all of the Klingon houses.[41][43]
  • Brett Anderson (portrayed by Terry Serpico): A Starfleet admiral.[44]
  • Danby Connor (portrayed by Sam Vartholomeos): A junior officer in Starfleet Academy, assigned to the Shenzhou.[44][45]
  • Kol (portrayed by Kenneth Mitchell): Commanding Officer of the Klingons, and opponent of T'Kuvma's goals.[41][18]
  • Ellen Landry (portrayed by Rekha Sharma): Security Officer for the Discovery.[18]
  • Hugh Culber (portrayed by Wilson Cruz): Medical Officer of the Discovery. Culber is Stamets' love interest and partner.[46]
  • Katrina Cornwell (portrayed by Jayne Brook): A Starfleet admiral and Lorca's direct superior.
  • Keyla Detmer (portrayed by Emily Coutts): Conn officer, red-haired Lieutenant with a cranial/ocular implant to replace function lost when injured in a bridge explosion while serving on the U.S.S. Shenzhou during the Battle at the Binary Stars against the Klingons.
  • Lieutenant Commander Airiam (portrayed by Sara Mitich): Science officer (Spore drive operator) who is an 'augmented human' with artificial skin.
  • Voq (portrayed by Javid Iqbal): An albino Klingon, described as being "touched by fate and fire".[47][48]

Damon Runyan and Clare McConnell portray Ujilli and Dennas, leaders in the Klingon Empire, respectively.[18]

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